Family and friends remember UofL cheerleader killed in crash
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friends and family are still in grief after a former University of Louisville cheerleader was killed in an alleged drunk-driving accident.
Sunday, dozens gathered together at Male High School to remember 25-year-old Shanae Moorman who was killed Aug. 6.
"You don't expect to lose someone like that at such a young age," said Maddie Wiley, a lifelong friend of Moorman's.
Every friend, or classmate, had a story of how they were touched by Moorman, like Megan Crockett, who Moorman convinced to start cheering.
"She truly was the most positive person that I ever knew," Crockett said.
"She was voted 'Most school spirited,' so she was always high energy; always 'Let's go! Let's do this!" Ashley Devoe remembered.
Moorman was also a fighter, battling cystic fibrosis throughout her life.
Her parents said they were proud of how she'd overcome the disease.
"I was a cheerleader also, and she wanted to follow in my footsteps," Shawne Moorman, Shanae's mother, said. "Shanae did not let her disease get her down."
Police say Shanae Moorman was riding with Bradley Caraway around 4 a.m. on Aug. 6. They say he was under the influence while driving on Interstate-64 when he crashed.
Moorman was ejected and died. Caraway has been charged with murder.
Together friends sang, prayed and released balloons Sunday. It was a small step towards closure.
"The visual, I think, is going to stick with me of the balloons going up and everyone here," said Ron Burse, Moorman's former classmate.
Burse looked up the former cheerleader's yearbook quote: "Snap your life into action because you only get one shot," it read.
"She was definitely someone that lived by that quote, and that's something we can all keep in our spirits," Burse said.
Sunday's release was for closure, and showing that Shanae Moorman was loved as a friend, cheerleader, fighter and - above all - a daughter.
"With this going on, seeing all the people that she's touched. It's really made me really proud of her, and I'm glad I was her father," Andrew Moorman said.
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